Work Trades and Internship

 

We have two types of work trade available during our growing  season (March through end of November).

  • One is for local folks to come and help out for a day or more in exchange for learning experience or plant material (or both). People can just let us know when they'd like to come help out.
  • The other type of work trade is a live-in experience limited to one or two people at a time over the course of the growing season. We have previously had folks come and stay throughout the season, but are also open to shorter stays. What we seek most in potential interns is a genuine interest in learning about what we're doing here and the energy and initiative to work hard on what they feel inspired about. We have a small rustic room with separate entrance and access to the house bathroom and shower for interns to stay in. It has a sink, hotplate, wood stove, and sleeping loft. One, or possibly two folks if they’re comfortable being together in a small space, could be accommodated there.
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We have a number of agricultural and homesteading projects for interns and volunteers to participate in, such as tree planting, vegetable gardening, plant propagation, wood cutting, rough construction (cabin, pole barn, outdoor kitchen), canning/food preservation, herb harvest and medicine making, poultry care, wild foraging, maple syrup making, nut processing and preservation. The bulk of our work takes place in the nursery. An intern who spends the season here can expect to know how to propagate many types of trees and shrubs and be able to run their own nursery. They also have the chance to learn a lot of plant identification, homesteading and primitive skills. Akiva teaches classes on some of these subjects and is known in our community for the memorable tree walks he often leads around the area. Interns are also encouraged to seek out independent projects and come ready to share their own interests and abilities, because we love opportunities to learn new skills too!

We are very family-focused, having three young children whose needs often determine our activities. The kids are always with us and we would ask that any folks present on the farm be flexible and able to appreciate the joys and challenges of sharing work with children. Our vision  for this farm to foster community, to be a space where we share home, work, learning, and family as well as providing healthy and useful plants to folks wishing to grow their own. We are also open to someone running their own business that complements our nursery and orchards here.

 We especially need help during the nut bonanza. The Nut Bonanza, which usually happens during the first weekend of November, is our harvest celebration and fall plant sale when people come from all over to visit the farm and learn about nut processing. Volunteers who come on this day learn a lot themselves and enjoy being part of a great community experience. 

We’re excited to welcome new folks to our home and to teach and be taught, share hard work and life experience. Please contact us with any questions.